While perhaps wholly unknown to the general public, Terry Manning is regarded as a legend among avid music fans and studio nerds alike. Most well-known for his engineering work, Terry's resume reads like the star-studded lineup of some would-be festival, with names like Led Zeppelin, Booker T & the MG's, Otis Redding, Al Green and the Staples Singers. Not to be relegated to the folds of yesteryear, he's also worked with contemporary acts like Lenny Kravitz, Widespread Panic and Molly Hatchet. Still even, Manning's talent doesn't stop there. Also an accomplished guitarist and self-admitted amateur singer, Terry put on a live show in Studio A at the Stax Museum, playing Soulsville hits backed by the enormously talented Stax Music Academy band. Simultaneously, the museum held an exhibition of Terry's black and white photography portfolio, with selections collected from a long and illustrious career of recording living legends. The exhibition was intimate, and felt like a backstage pass—artists whose records you've spun a hundred times, simply standing or sitting at a recording console, or candidly lighting a cigarette.
I was honored to create this poster for the Stax Museum, aiming to capture the range and dynamo of the man himself, Mr. Terry Manning.
Summertime in Soulsville
The Stax Museum got a new director last year, and he happens to be a big dork—for soul music. This couldn't be better news for the museum or for Memphis, as new events and exhibitions just keep popping up on their calendar.
Stax commissioned me to come up with a poster that advertised all of the awesome events they have coming up at both the museum and the Memphis Slim House this summer. Working with themes of summer, music, kid & family-friendliness, and an emphasis on percussion as a theme across many of the events, I created this playful sun & clouds made from drumsticks and cymbals.